#KSUnite Addresses Hate And Discrimination

In response to recent incidents suggesting identity-based hate and tension existed on the Kansas State University, thousands of students, faculty and staff gathered today (Tues) to recommit to stand against hate and discrimination and to unite as a K-State community.

The president of Kansas State University’s Black Student Union, Darrell Reese, says these incidents – and many more that never get reported – are directly affecting multi-cultural, LGBTQ and Black students at the university.

Even though he’s hurting, Reese says he’s hopeful, and even though he’s sad, he’s not lost his faith.

Kansas State University president Richard Myers says racism and hatred are contagious diseases that are epidemic in our country – and it’s time to take a stand.

According to Myers, the national tone, lack of civility and lack of clarity around our national values is affecting the campus and community. He says social media makes it easy to spread misinformation, hate, and divisiveness – something he’s seen before as a four-star General fighting terrorism.

Myers says Kansas State intends to become a place that seeks to understand the causes of fear and create in everyone something better…something healthier.

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.